Rc Electronics for a newbie

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I am totally new to RC sailing. Based on past modeling experience I should have no problem with building the sailboat but… the electronics has me in a tizzy.

I am going to build a Soling One meter and need the right combination of transmitter, receiver, & servos. I have looked at, and thought I understood Option 4 package on the Victor-model site until I went looking for more details. The more I look at what’s available on-line the more confused I get [:-banghead]. I understand that because of the location of the club I will sail with I need a 2 channel FM Dual conversion setup. I am getting nowhere and really concerned that I will order the wrong stuff. Can someone point me in the right direction with some suggestions?


I have some decent experience with the Soling. I?ll take a guess and say that you are sailing in the Needham area? Just a guess

I would recommend that you stay away from the Victor options and get the following
First, a good dual conversion FM radio for a LOW price is the Hitec Laser http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXCJG8**&P=7
I was not a Hitec radio fan, but I have used this and it worked great. This radio comes with TWO of the same servos. All which are good for your rudder servo.

Next is the Sail servo. My first choice is the Futaba 5801 drum winch, http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXH304&P=7 . Expensive, but a great winch. The next best winch seems to be the Hitec HS-815BB. The next best is the one I would go with myself for second choice and that?s the Futaba 3801, http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXH294&P=7.
Both of these are arm winches as opposed to the drum.

Just my recommendations…
By the way, I have a brand new, still in the box Hitec 815 for $42

Thanks for the reply. It feels good to have some direction.

Yes, it is Needham. I talked to cliff today who recommended the dual conversion FM.

I’m off to your recommended sites. Thanks again.